The relevance of tattoos in todays society, as we all know are much more common practice now, then the have ever been in our history. We also do know that the tattoos are basically an expressive artform adorning the skin which can depict a story, representation, signs, tattoo fonts , symbols which are permenantly placed onto the skin with ink (either colour or black) which has been pregnated into the skins layers after punturing with a tattoo needle. Modern tattoo guns have been proven to be the most effective tool to deliver the quality and accuracy we now expect these days with our tattoo art. The modern tattoo guns are also extremely quick and penetrate the skin with ease and with many repetions in a small amount of time, thus making the procedure of getting a tattoo time reduced.
Like any tool or instrument, there are a number of variations in the types of tattoo needles and guns available, and they have their distinct differences for various reasons. There are gun setups which do have more then one needle, and others with single needles, and also different thicknesses (guages) of needles. Single needle tattoos are considered the most widely used and most popular, however must be changed out after each use. There has been many, many incidents in the past, of which various illnesses and viruses were transmitted via tattoing from simly the tattooist, not disposing of the previously used needle, and reusing again on the next client.
In areas where tattoo guns are not available, such as in jail complexes, various homemade contraptions have been made in the past and present particulary in jails, these are known as prison tattoos. They are made of odds and ends of materials found in the jail complex, and do not usually give a good result. Often the materials are not sanitised and can lead to infection and the needles used are not sharp and surgical.A tattooist must keep in mind that going too deep into the skin when tattooing can result in infection, thus not using the proper equipment can lead to this result.
A big factor in the tattoo looking the best with application being a factor, is the colour. The inks used must be quality and bold. The most common colour ink used is black, and often outlines of the tattoo in black must be carried out in a bold manner, with strong inking. Broad outlines and strong colour areas are normally done with a broader needle, whereas areas of a lighter shade, or lighter colouration, are done with a finer needle/needles. This is referred to as shading, and its crucial when shading, that the ink is still impregnated enough to keep its desired colour evenly for the long time it is to be on someones body. This can be the tricky part as often the shading is done too light, and can fade or not properly penetrate the skins layers enough, and after some exposure to everyday elements the tattoo loses its lustre. Be sure that your tattooist does use the highest quality utensils, inks and needles before you get your tattoo, and the sanitation is of a high standard.